Even with the recent update from the American Heart Association saying that coconut oil, like other fats, is best in moderation in your diet, it is still your skin and hair’s dream come true. It has a deep moisturizing quality while offering nutrients that beautify your body.
We infuse our Coconut Body Oil (and many of our other products) with herbs so that it brings nourishing antioxidants with it as it penetrates deep into your skin but we also like to use it on its own because it's an amazing ingredient that you can use in your daily routine.
Here are our 6 favorite ways to use coconut oil.
1. Makeup remover
Before you spend money on a product designed to remove makeup, consider using coconut oil to do the trick. You can use a cotton ball and just a bit of coconut oil and use it to wipe eye makeup off.
If your skin is not oily, you can do all over your face to remove the last bits of foundation after cleansing. Those with oily skin may be better off using grapeseed oil to remove facial makeup.
2. As a leave-in conditioner
Dry hair got you feeling less than glamorous? Applying coconut oil can help with that, too.
Massage some into your ends after your normal styling routine, or apply generously all over your hair and leave it on overnight (make sure to cover your pillow with a towel). In the morning, coat your head with a safe soap, like Dr. Bronner's or an organic shampoo (make sure you do this BEFORE adding water) and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Then rinse and style as normal.
This super moisturizer will help restore shine and softness to dry, overworked hair.
3. Oil pulling
Have you started oil pulling yet? Have you heard what oil pulling is? If not, get the full scoop here.
Oil pulling is the ancient practice of rinsing one’s mouth with oil. Traditionally sesame oil is preferred, but many people use coconut oil instead because, frankly, coconut oil tastes a lot better and the benefits are the same.
4. Coconut lip balm
You can’t get much more natural than pure coconut oil as your lip balm. It does the trick, relieving chapped lips and giving your pout a shiny finish. We love using sample kit containers to store coconut oil, plus a drop or two of peppermint essential oil. This makes for a super refreshing lip treatment. We recommending kissing someone ASAP after applying.
Check out this article where we talk about ways you can reuse your ASC bottles and tubs!
5. Moisturizing coconut oil face masks
Our Coconut Honey Mask is a delicious way to eliminate dry skin, while helping to soothe and diminish the appearance of wrinkles. Honey, coconut oil, beautiful skin… What’s not to love?
For some people, moisturizing with extra virgin coconut oil clogs their pores and causes breakouts (that’s why we use fractionated coconut oil in some of our facial moisturizers). But applying fractionated coconut oil as a mask and then washing it off after is a great way to enjoy the benefits of the moisturizer without clogging your pores.
6. Body butter
On its own, coconut oil makes a great body moisturizer. Add just a few other ingredients and you’ve got something uber luxurious.
This recipe from Trash is for Tossers is great. (This blog is devoted to living a waste-free lifestyle. We love it!) Using a hand blender gives you an amazing whipped texture—you won’t believe it came out of your kitchen!
Is coconut oil good for your face?
This is a hot debate right now, some people swear by using coconut oil as their daily facial moisturizer and others find that it clogs their pores. This all has to do with your specific skin type. People with dry skin can typically use extra virgin coconut oil as part of their daily beauty routine but for people that are working with oily skin, it may be better to either incorporate other oils with the coconut oil or to use fractionated coconut oil for their daily moisturizer. You can read more about that here.